March 29, 2023

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No. 21 Ok-State, Mason end second at Colleton River

Will Hopkins locations the ball in the course of the first spherical of the Huge 12 Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Nation Membership on April 26, 2021. (Archive picture by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Regardless of being atop the 12-team and particular person leaderboard after sooner or later, No. 21 Kansas State males’s golf and sophomore Nicklaus Mason each fell to a runner-up end on the Colleton River Collegiate. 

On Monday, the Wildcats obtained off to a scorching begin with the scoring lineup of Mason, senior Will Hopkins, junior Luke O’Neill, senior Tim Tillmanns and sophomore Laurenz Schiergen. 

The lineup carded a gap spherical of 19-under-par 269 —  the second-lowest spherical in class historical past. Mason recorded a formidable 7-under-par 65 first spherical for the bottom of his profession and positioned himself within the dialog for the person title early. 

Through the second spherical on Monday, the crew turned in one other clear card with a 13-under-par 275 efficiency. 4 Wildcats positioned within the top-25 as not a single Wildcat recorded an over-par spherical. Simply exterior the top-25 — tied for twenty seventh — had been Schiergen and sophomore Cooper Schultz who competed as a person.

“The fellows performed rather well right this moment,” head coach Grant Robbins stated. “The situations had been good, and with the greens pretty much as good as they’re you could possibly make loads of birdies. I used to be glad to see us capable of benefit from it.”

Mason shot a 4-under-par 68 second spherical and had a one-stroke lead going into the ultimate day on Tuesday. Ok-State held a 5-stroke lead over second-place No. 24 Georgia Southern.

“It ought to play a bit of harder tomorrow,” Robbins stated on Monday. “There are some actually good groups right here, so we’re going to want one other stable spherical tomorrow.”

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Ok-State carded an even-par 288 ultimate spherical on the par 72 on Tuesday, pushing the Wildcats to a event whole of 32-under-par 832. This whole was two strokes behind Georgia Southern, who shot a 7-under-par 281 spherical to clinch the come-from-behind victory.

“General, it was event for us,” Robbins stated. “We’re upset within the end result, particularly due to the best way we performed towards the top. To win tournaments in opposition to good groups you will have to have the ability to shut. Georgia Southern hit loads of clutch pictures and made putts, and we didn’t. Give credit score to them.”

Mason’s 1-over-par 73 third spherical positioned him one stroke behind Michigan State’s August Meekhof for the person title. His second-place end at 10-under-par 205 was the best placement and lowest rating of his profession. Mason’s 16 birdies tied for essentially the most within the event. 

Regardless of not coming away with the title, Ok-State nonetheless recorded its greatest 54-hole rating of the season. The Collegiate served because the fifth top-five end this season — together with three crew championships.

Hopkins and Schultz completed in thirteenth place with a 7-under-par efficiency. Schiergen and Tillmanns rounded out the Wildcats within the top-25 at 5-under par. Tied for thirty fourth place at 3-under par was O’Neill. 

“It is a event we really feel we must always have received, however we’ll study from it,” Robbins stated. “That is positively an expertise that can make us higher.”  

The Sea Island Invitational is subsequent for the Wildcats on March 14 and 15. That is the primary of the 4 remaining regular-season occasions remaining earlier than the Huge 12 Championship on April 24.

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